published on December 29, 2016 - 6:24 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
Dusty Buns Bistro, the pioneering Fresno food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant, has closed.

The closure of Dusty Buns was announced with a poem posted to the door of the bistro across the street from Fresno High School. A second restaurant in San Francisco has also apparently been shuttered.

The note — which states that a grand re-opening will be coming soon — reads, in part:

Thanks to Crew & Kin
San Francisco
Everywhere between
An honor it’s been
Soon we’ll begin again

Married couple Dustin and Kristen Stewart began the business in 2009 with a food truck that became a staple at local farmers markets and events in Fresno and eventually San Francisco. The Stewarts opened the Dusty Buns, the Fresno restaurant in 2012, and the San Francisco location in early 2015.

Known for locally sourced ingredients and scratch-made fare, Dusty Buns quickly made a name for itself as a haven for local foodies.

Messages left for the Stewarts were not immediately returned.

As early as March of this year, the Stewarts were planning to build a 2,500-square-foot production and commissary space for the business in Downtown Fresno’s Warehouse Row. They also planned to open a restaurant in the former Charlotte’s BakerEatery Tower District location that become vacant in April.

Casa de Tamales eventually opened a store in that space.

It appears financial problems played a role in the business closure, as Dusty Buns also filed a petition for bankruptcy protection last week. The Chapter 7 liquidation filing lists total liabilities for the business of nearly $900,000.

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